Of David. A maskil.
1Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2Blessed is the one
whose sin The LORD Does Not Count Against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4For day and night
YOUR Hand Was Heavy On me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.b
5Then I acknowledged my sin To YOU
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions To The LORD.”
And YOU Forgave
the guilt of my sin.
6Therefore let all the faithful pray To YOU
While YOU May Be Found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
7YOU Are my Hiding Place;
YOU Will Protect me from trouble
and Surround me with songs of deliverance.
8I Will Instruct you and Teach you in the way you should go;
I Will Counsel you with My Loving Eye On you.
9Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
10Many are the woes of the wicked,
but The LORD'S Unfailing Love
Surrounds the one who trusts In HIM.
11Rejoice In The LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
Sin is the cause of our misery; but the true believer's transgressions of The Divine Law are all forgiven, being covered with the Atonement. CHRIST Bare his sins, therefore they are not imputed to him. The Righteousness of CHRIST Being Reckoned To us, and we being made the righteousness of GOD in HIM, our iniquity is not imputed.
GOD Having Laid Upon HIM the iniquity of us all, and Made HIM a sin-offering for us. Not to impute sin, is GOD'S Act, For HE Is The Judge. It Is GOD That Justifies. Notice the character of him whose sins are pardoned; he is sincere, and seeks sanctification by the Power of The HOLY SPIRIT. He does not profess to repent, with an intention to indulge in sin, because The LORD Is Ready To Forgive. He will not abuse the Doctrine of Free Grace. And to the man whose iniquity is forgiven, all manner of blessings are promised.
We have here a summary;
I. Of Gospel Grace in the pardon of sin (v. 1, 2), in Divine Protection (v. 7), and Divine Guidance (v. 8).
II. Of Gospel duty. To confess sin (v. 3-5), to pray (v. 6), to govern ourselves well (v. 9, 10), and to rejoice in GOD (v. 11).
The way to obtain these privileges is to make conscience of these duties when we sing this psalm. Grotius thinks it was designed to be sung on the Day of Atonement. The apostle Paul tells us that,
“David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom GOD Credits righteousness apart from works.” Romans 4:6
All the blessedness above is possible only in the Blood of CHRIST That Washes Away the sins of many, including you and me.